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2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will '08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management System"? Or will it be the year of a giga-merger, to beat the mere mega-mergers of 2007? As usual at the end of each year, SYS-CON has been informally polling its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth of their answers is fascinating, throwing light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale. Enjoy! RIAs versus AJAX . Ruby on Rails . PHP . Facebook Competitors  TIM BRAY Director of Web Technologies, Sun Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary projec... (more)

Cloudscale's Bill McColl to Present at Cloud Computing Conference in NYC

Bill McColl, Founder and CEO for Cloudscale, will be presenting at SYS-CON's 2nd International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo in New York City this coming March 30-April 1, 2009. For thirty years, in-house databases and data warehouses have been used to store and query data, but they are no longer able to deliver what's required today in business, web, science and government. Businesses now need to continuously analyze exploding volumes of live data in real-time in order to be able to respond immediately to opportunities and threats. With the shift from in-house to cloud computing, and the exponential growth of parallel processing, we can now build a new generation of cloud-based architectures that are much easier to use, easier to scale, and can process the torrential streams of live data now flooding out from the web, enterprise software, social networks and s... (more)

Sybase Will Enter Cloud Computing with Enterprise Wireless - CEO John Chen

(PBDJ News Desk) - Sybase Chairman and CEO John Chen who appeared on CNBC Closing Bell on Wednesday said Sybase is providing mobile solutions to SAP. "Sybase and SAP are both leaders in their respective spaces. We will bring what consumers are enjoying for years to the enterprise users. The immediate business opportunity is to bring mobility to the enterprise which is in line with Cloud Computing," said John Chen. Sybase chairman and CEO John Chen on CNBC, Wedneasday, March 11, 2009 John Chen who appeard on CNBC with the SAP CEO, emphasized the importance of their partnership in the enterprise mobile space. Sybase chairman said the economic slow down did not hurt Sybase yet. ... (more)

SOA & Cloud Computing To Intersect This Week at SOA World

Federal IT organizations across the DoD and IC are facing costly data storage and data processing challenges stemming from the vast amount of information they collect and analyze as a part of their mission. To effectively organize and utilize these growing information stores, enterprise applications must be capable of performing large-scale, data-intensive processing. Federal enterprise infrastructures supporting such applications are often inadequate to address these challenges, and IT organizations incur lost time and greater costs trying to scale resources to meet storage and computing demand. That is why Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH), in partnership with the Government, led a research and development pilot to address these challenges by leveraging Service-Oriented Architecture approaches to facilitate on-demand resource provisioning to fold into current business proc... (more)

The Future of Cloud & Virtualization Technologies:

EMC CEO Joe Tucci recently named "The Next Big Things in IT" as the Virtual Data Center, Cloud Computing, Virtual Clients and Virtual Applications. Since EMC owns VMware, Tucci obviously has a vested interest in virtualization, but even allowing for a tendency to envision the future of Enterprise IT in a very EMC-centric way, one thing is certain: IT is moving towards virtualization and many infrastructure engineers are making the move to the cloud. ... (more)

Telmap's latest patented technologies boost mobile location applications development and search functionality

Telmap once again proves its technological leadership in enhancing mobile location services London, 11th November 2009: Telmap, the world leader in mobile location solutions, today announces the availability of two new patented technologies, which will improve the application design process for developers and search experience. The approval of these patents proves once again that Telmap is at the forefront of location related innovation. The first patent exclusively makes native mobile operating systems' functions accessible for mobile application developers. Native functions are those that are unique to a specific mobile operating system, such as Windows Mobile, Symbian, BREW, etc. Previously, developers using platform-independent programming languages were unable to embed native functions into their applications because access to the native functions was often not... (more)

Move Over BI, Here Comes PI - Performance Intelligence

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer "As companies such as MySpace continue to expand the richness of their site, the big thing is trying to seek a higher level of customer experience by replicating "beyond capacity" in a test environment, so that a company can see what it is exactly that they will need when traffic surges to peak levels and beyond, so that they know the "risk points" of their own success," Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA, told SYS-CON's Jeremy Geelan in an interview with Cloud Computing Journal on the day that SOASTA announced a significant test of the newly launched MySpace Music Videos hub using the Cloud. "What companies want nowadays is actionable information," Lounibos (pictured below) continued. "They want PI (Performance Intelligence) instead of BI [Business Intelligence]." Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA, spoke early in November at SYS-CON's 4th Cloud Expo. H... (more)

So Who All’s Going to the Oracle-Sun Hearing?

Oh, lookee there. Reuters says that the Justice Department, which cleared the Oracle-Sun merger this summer and publicly snapped – in diplomatic language of course – at the European Commission when it objected, is sending a representative to the sub rosa hearing Thursday and Friday at which Oracle is supposed to try to convince the regulator to let it swallow Sun MySQL and all. If the EC keeps going in the direction it’s been going – and it’s more than likely to – maybe it can manage to provoke an international incident out of the merger of two American companies like it nearly did when it blocked the GE-Honeywell merger, still a sore spot in certain circles, circles that may not be too thrilled with the way it’s treated two other American icons the last few years. If the EC’s antitrust czarina Neelie Kroes didn’t like the DOJ publicly looking askance at her state... (more)

Oracle Claims Victory Over EC; Says Sun Will Sell Clouds

Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - Oracle expects the European Commission to wave its acquisition of Sun through next month MySQL and all without any annoying conditions. Oracle president Safra Catz, who’s been wrestling with the EC, said so when the company posted its fiscal second-quarter results Thursday, another reason Oracle’s going to have a Merry Christmas. Catz took a bunch of Oracle users to an EC hearing a week ago to buttress the company’s claims that the EC had put words in users’ mouths to support the theory of harm it manufactured to try to stop Oracle from getting MySQL. Oracle Named Exclusive Diamond Sponsor of Cloud Expo 2010 The meeting was backed by a write-in campaign from hundreds of users as well as a letter from the US Senate and a public statement from the Justice Department. A grateful Catz said, “I want to thank all of our... (more)

Moffat’s & Other Indictments Delayed

CEOs in Technology on Ulitzer Raj Rajaratnam, the billionaire ringleader of the Galleon insider-trading mob, and Danielle Chiesi, the ex-beauty queen who allegedly charmed ex-IBM SVP Robert Moffat and ex-AMD CEO Hector Ruiz into telling her valuable company secrets, were indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on 17 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. They are expected to be arraigned Monday, December 21, and plead not guilty. A lawyer for Roomy Khan, the ex-Galleon, ex-Intel employee who's one of the government's star informants, reportedly told Rajaratnam's lawyer he better listen to the wire taps first. Khan pleaded guilty in October and will be sentenced May 17. Rajaratnam is looking at a possible 145 years in jail, Chiesi is looking at 155. Rajaratnam will also make a bid Monday to get his $100 million bail reduced to $20 million, roughly the amount of ... (more)

Host.net to Deliver Software-Based Enterprise Cloud Computing Service

Early Bird Savings at Cloud Expo DataCore Software, a provider of storage virtualization, business continuity and disaster recovery software solutions, on Wednesday announced that its storage virtualization technology is powering the storage aspect of an all-virtual private data center (vPDC) platform developed by Host.net. Host.net delivers private cloud computing services for companies ranging from SMEs to large enterprises, utilizing a true software-based approach for the greatest flexibility. The Host.net platform also includes VMware server virtualization and Cisco Nexus virtual network technologies, plus unique architecture and transport capabilities such as ultra redundant compute and enterprise storage platforms deployed at multiple Host.net data centers, dedicated SANs for each compute cluster to eliminate disk overload, and connectivity within Host.net’s o... (more)